DANIEL N. BUCHANAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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40121 TORREY PINES RD
MURRIETA, CA 92563
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Phone: 951-696-1428
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District: Murrieta Valley Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 150
  • Number Students: 1050
  • Number Teachers: 52
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4691
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Mike Lorimer
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (30 ratings)
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    School Reviews (23 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-12-08
    "My two younger children attended Buchanan. My son attended from 3rd grade on and my daughter from K-5. Both had excellent and caring teachers who had high academic standards. My children loved going to school and loved their teachers. They were well prepared for higher level learning when they promoted out of 5th grade. As a parent, I especially appreciated the sense of commutity. The principal has a strong presence aroung the playground and usually knows each student by name, even though there are over 1,000. My son struggled with some impulsive behavior on the playground and Mr. Lorimer was very helpful in working with him . Parent involvement is valued and there is a strong PTA that works hard to provide additional learning experience for the students.. The office staff is very congenial to parents and students alike. We had a great six years at Buchanan."
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    Posted 2012-09-19
    "I really don't know why I haven't transfer my son to another school, the teachers are ok i don't have a problem with the teachers we had in the pass or the present, but just want to point that last year a teacher had her dogs on her classroom wich I find that no so professional but that's how it works there, I had to point about the dogs on campus all the time to the principal, to the distric, and guess what people bring their dogs on campus anyway ( big dogs ) and is not so pleasing to see them on top of the picnic tables that children use for lunch, this only happen at buchanan I haven't heard a school that lets dogs inside I don't think tthe school understand about safety... sad,"
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    Posted 2012-08-12
    "I was a fifth grader here three years ago and have to say that the teachers there are great and have a involved PTA. The principal is alright but could become more involved. After third grade they treat you like it's a prison. The teachers are always there to listen. Aside from the principal this is an amazing school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-01-10
    "I feel this school has become a little too focused on what the children do wrong, even if it is a small thing. They should be working on the positive instead of making them feel like bad children. My children are doing fine, but they aren't praised for their amazing things they do, but they have to miss recess if they forget an assignment one time. Who is perfect all the time? Maybe a 3 strikes on missing an assignment could work better? My kids used to love going to school, but they have been going to Buchanan now long enough that they hate it. There are too many kids for the teachers to care and it absolutely shows. I can only imagine the stress teachers undergo with so many children in their classrooms, it just doesn't work for my children!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-11-08
    "My kids still suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of their horrible experience at Buchanan years ago. Staff discriminated against the handicapped. Bring a witness when talking to staff or get it in writing. They transferred the teacher that hit me. I should have sued them, after school staff left my daughter unattended, stepped over her, and would not let her get help due to diabetic complications. Instead they made me look like an out of control parent after dealing with their mistreatment for several years in a calm manner. This school also sent kids outside during a major fire when ashes were falling down. I had to contact the health department, which now advises them since they don't know any better."
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